Homemade Deli Platter

Create your own deli platter

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Summer is gearing up and many Australians take this time to throw parties for friends and family. One of the best ways to feed your legions of hungry guests is to create party platters laden with a variety of chilled or prepared foods. Also known as deli trays, they offer a wide assortment of easy to eat foods that will suite every palate and ensure that no one goes away hungry. In this article we’ll explore some of the easiest arrangements for these crowd-pleasing platters that you can accomplish with minimal fuss.

Meat and Cheese

One of the simplest arrangements you can prepare at home in no time is the cold cut and cheese tray. Simply purchase sliced meats from your local deli counter. Popular selections include: ham, turkey, roast beef, salami, and pastrami. Roll each slice and, beginning at the outer edge of your platter, arrange sections of each type of meat, overlapping segments as you move inward. For variety, purchase a selection of cheeses and roll or cut into sections, layering them as you did your cold cuts. You can alternate meat and cheese, garnishing your tray with fresh parsley around the outer rim for a clean and finished look.

Fruits and Veggies

Another great idea for party platters are selections of your favourite fruits and vegetables. These provide a refreshing note to balance the rich and savoury items you offer your guests and can be arranged together or as separate trays. For your veggie tray, cut larger vegetables into manageable portions, such as carrot and celery sticks, zucchini or pickle spears, cucumber slices, and broccoli florets. Foods such as mushrooms, olives, and cherry tomatoes may be left whole for ease of handling. These can be served with or without a variety of delicious dips and dressings.

Fruits should also be cut into manageable portions so accidents are minimized during vigorous socializing. You can select fruits, such as kiwis, melons, pineapple, strawberries, and small bunches of grapes, or any type that best pleases you and your guests. Arrange fruits and veggies on trays of any shape in distinct segments that will please the eye and make your guests’ selection of delicacies simple. For soft or difficult to handle fruits or savouries, you may want to provide party toothpicks, so touching is minimized.

Other Options For Your Platter

The party platter gives you a number of options. You can arrange prepared sandwiches, savoury canapés, or small dessert selections as well as cold meat, cheese, and vegetables. Party trays give you the freedom to mix and match types of foods offered. For example, a variety of cookies and bite-size desserts can offer guests a choice when it comes to afters, rather than taking an entire slice of cake or a whole mini tart. Similarly, if you perk up your cold offerings with a tray of hot savories, it can keep the energy of the party elevated. Sandwiches cut into sections are also a great idea. Make your summer parties great with easy party trays and deli platters.

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